Postdoctoral Fellowship in Veterinary Sciences: Iowa

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Ames, Iowa
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*Applications are reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline. APHIS Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral research training opportunity in veterinary sciences is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL), Method Development and Scientific Support (MDSS) group located in Ames, Iowa. NVSL is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its primary responsibility is to provide diagnostic services to federal, state, and private veterinarians in the U.S. MDSS primary responsibility is to provide mission support and play a key role in advancement of fundamental science related to bacterial and viral pathogen and diagnostic methods development. Research Project: This is an opportunity to be a part of the MDSS development team and learn to create, evaluate, and validate rapid, accurate, and sensitive diagnostic methods for detecting disease pathogens. The participant will have an opportunity to collaborate with NVSL diagnosticians, microbiologists, bioinformaticists and researchers to participate in developmental project in support of the diagnostic mission. Learning Objectives: The selected fellow will learn to adapt/develop novel diagnostics, verify results, and conduct limited research on molecular and microbiological assays as needed. The fellow will also have an opportunity to learn about zoonotic diseases, their impact on trade, learn surveillance procedures, diagnostic testing methodologies and algorithms, whole genome sequencing, and molecular epidemiology. The fellow will have an opportunity to present their data in published manuscripts and at national and international meetings involving researchers, regulatory officials, and producer groups. Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Karthik Shanmuganatham ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s). Anticipated Appointment Start Date: July 5, 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors. Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of APHIS and is contingent on the availability of funds. Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time. Participant Stipend: The participant(s) will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The annual stipend rate will be determined upon selection and will range between $60,000 and $65,000. Relocation expenses are not available. A travel allowance of $3,000 will be available to go to relevant trainings and conferences to present research findings. Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only. ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and APHIS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, APHIS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Candidates will be eligible to receive a health insurance allowance. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. Adjudication of a Special Agency Check (SAC) is required before the selected candidate can start. Paperwork for this clearance will be sent to the selected candidate after acceptance of the official offer from ORAU. Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should have received a doctor of veterinary medicine and/or a PhD in one of the relevant fields. Preferred skills: - Knowledge and background in virology/ molecular biology/serology/cell biology - BSL-2 laboratory experience with hands-on experience in wet-lab procedures - Interest in the development of diagnostic technologies for viral, bacterial and fungal diseases - Functional knowledge of molecular techniques such as: PCR; real-time PCR; PCR primer/probe design and DNA sequencing and analysis - Functional knowledge in cell biology and serology - Ability to independently design, perform, and interpret experiments - Experience with diagnostic test interpretation and evaluation - Proficiency in technical writing, oral communication, interpersonal and organizational skills - Critical thinking skills to develop experimental approaches and interpret data Research is performed in a BSL-2/3 laboratory. Working with pathogenic agents mandates the use of biocontainment hoods and wearing personal protective gear, which is strenuous on the individual. This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or covered veteran’s status.
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